Hibnick v. Google Inc.

Filing 121

OBJECTIONS to re 120 Proposed Order by Electronic Privacy Information Center. (Attachments: # 1 Appendix 1, # 2 Appendix 2, # 3 Appendix 3, # 4 Appendix 4, # 5 Appendix 5, # 6 Appendix 6, # 7 Appendix 7, # 8 Appendix 8, # 9 Appendix 9, # 10 Appendix 10, # 11Appendix 12, # 12 Appendix 13, # 13 Appendix 11)(Friedman, Philip) (Filed on 3/30/2011) Modified on 4/1/2011 (cv, COURT STAFF).

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Appendix 3 – EPIC’s Application for cy pres Funds in In Re: Google Buzz Privacy Litigation (submitted to the Rose Foundation Mar. 14, 2011) Application  Coversheet       1.             2.                 Name  of  Applicant  Organization  and  EIN  Number   Electronic  Privacy  Information  Center  (“EPIC”)  (EIN:  52-­2225921)   Type  of  organization:      501c(3)     Contact  Information:     Contact  Person,  Title  Marc  Rotenberg,  EPIC  Executive  Director           Address         1718  Connecticut  Ave,  NW,  Suite  200   Washington,  DC  20009         (202) 483-1140 x106 Email   3.               Telephone rotenberg@epic.org   Financial  Information:         (a)     your  organization’s  overall  annual  2011  operating  budget         $1,063,688   (b)     total   amount   of   money   spent   on   Internet   privacy   or   Internet   education  programs  in  2010   $1,015,950   (c)       total amount of funding your organization received, if any, in contributions from Google, Inc. or the Google Foundation in 2010   $2007                                                                                                                     7  EPIC  received  approximately  $200  in  2010  from  Google  as  a  result  of  matches  from   contributions  from  individual  Google  employees  to  EPIC.  EPIC  did  not  receive  any   contributions  directly  from  Google  or  any  other  private  company,  nor  does  EPIC   accept  in-­‐kind  services,  such  as  Google  Fellows.  EPIC  has  adopted  this  policy  to     1         (d)       amount   of   funding   you   are   requesting   from   this   Settlement   fund   $1,750,000     For  questions  4  &  5,  you  may  submit  a  narrative  response  up  to  4  pages,  BUT   YOU  MUST  submit  a  brief  description  of  no  more  than  one  paragraph.  The   coversheet  must  fit  on  one  page.     4.         5.         Briefly   describe   any   of   your   organization’s   existing   policy   or   education   programs   concerning   Internet   privacy   issues   –   make   sure   to   include   the   number  of  years  you  have  had  programming  focused  on  Internet  privacy.     EPIC  was  established  in  1994  to  focus  public  attention  on  emerging   privacy  and  civil  liberties  issues.  For  more  than  sixteen  years,  EPIC  has   remained  the  leading  advocate  in  the  United  States  for  Internet  users’   privacy  rights.  EPIC  pursues  a  comprehensive  program  of  research,   education,  policy  development,  and  advocacy  that  protects  Internet   users’  rights  and  promotes  consumer  privacy.  EPIC  promotes  Internet   users’  privacy  rights  before  Congress,  federal  agencies,  and  the  courts.   We  educate  consumers  through  EPIC’s  websites,  print  publications,  and   public  education  events.  EPIC’s  activities  and  mission  are  directly   aligned  with  the  interests  of  the  class.  (See  attachment.)   Briefly   describe   the   particular   program   that   funding   from   this   Settlement   would   support   and   describe   how   it   would   benefit   the   Class   by   furthering   policy  or  education  concerning  Internet  privacy.   EPIC  seeks  general  funding  to  continue  and  expand  several  EPIC   Projects  and  EPIC  Programs  that  protect  the  privacy  of  Internet  users.   Funding  from  the  Google  Buzz  cy  pres  Fund  to  EPIC  would  directly   support  privacy  policy  and  privacy  education  that  would  advance  the   interests  of  Internet  users  and  protect  the  interests  of  the  class.  (See   attachment.      EPIC’s  Activities  Are  Directly  Aligned  with  the  Class’s  Interests       EPIC’s  activities  and  mission  are  directly  aligned  with  the  interests  of   the  class.  EPIC  was  established  in  1994  specifically  to  focus  public  attention  on   “emerging  privacy  and  civil  liberties  issues.”  EPIC’s  core  mission  is  to  promote   education  and  pursue  policies  that  safeguard  privacy.  EPIC  has  pursued  this   mission  for  17  years.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             remain  independent  and  to  protect  the  interests  of  Internet  users  and  class   members.     2     In  fact,  the  issues  on  which  this  settlement  is  based  flow  directly  from   EPIC’s  February  2010  filing  before  the  Federal  Trade  Commission  on  behalf  of   Internet  users  regarding  Google  Buzz.  It  was  EPIC  that  identified  the  risks  to   Internet  users  and  urged  the  Commission  to  act  to  safeguard  Internet  privacy.     EPIC routinely provides research and expert commentary on emerging privacy issues. EPIC plays a leading role on behalf of Internet users in Washington, DC. Based on extensive research and careful consideration of consumer interests, EPIC files complaints with the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission in support of consumer protection. We comment on agency proposals that impact consumer privacy. EPIC leads efforts to establish strong privacy policies for individuals’ sensitive information, and EPIC is an authoritative voice on issues as diverse as consumer privacy, identity theft, locational privacy, search engine privacy, anonymity/reidentification, and spam. This summary provides a brief overview of EPIC’s programs and activities.   EPIC  Before  Federal  Agencies:  Safeguarding  the  Privacy  of  Internet  Users       Since  the  mid-­‐1990s,  EPIC  has  routinely  filed  comments  before  federal   agencies  on  regulatory  issues  concerning  Internet  users’  privacy  interests.   Over  the  years,  EPIC  has  submitted  more  than  80  comments  on  behalf  of  the   public  in  regulatory  proceedings.  Here  are  a  few  recent  examples:     - In  2009  and  again  in  2010,  EPIC,  supported  by  a  coalition  of  consumer   and  privacy  organizations,  filed  complaints  with  the  Federal  Trade   Commission  concerning  Facebook’s  changes  to  users’  privacy  settings   as  well  as  to  the  company’s  Terms  of  Service.  The  EPIC  complaint  was   widely  credited  with  promoting  a  national  discussion  about  privacy   safeguards  for  Facebook  users.     - In  2009,  EPIC  filed  an  FTC  complaint  describing  Echometrix’s  unlawful,   covert  tracking  of  children’s  online  activities.  Within  a  month,  the   Department  of  Defense  shut  down  sales  of  the  software  company’s   product  to  military  families.  The  New  York  Attorney  General   subsequently  sanctioned  Echometrix.  And  the  FTC  responded  to  EPIC’s   complaint  by  forcing  the  company  to  destroy  data  it  had  collected  from   children.     - In  2007,  the  FCC  issued  rules  protecting  consumers’  telephone  records   in  response  to  a  petition  filed  by  EPIC  in  2005.  At  EPIC’s   recommendation,  the  FCC  also  undertook  a  rulemaking  to  establish   further  safeguards  for  information  stored  in  cell  phones.         3 - Previous  complaints  by  EPIC  at  the  FTC  led  to  new  security  standards   for  Microsoft  Passport  and  the  reform  of  the  databroker  industry   (Choicepoint).   • Funding  from  the  Google  Buzz  cy  pres  Fund  will  help  EPIC  continue  to   represent  Internet  users’  interests  before  federal  agencies.       EPIC  in  Congress:  The  Voice  of  Internet  Users  on  Privacy       Over  the  last  17  years,  EPIC  has  testified  in  more  than  60  Congressional   hearings  on  emerging  privacy  and  civil  liberties  issues.  Recent  Congressional   hearings  include:     - EPIC  –  “Online  Privacy,  Social  Networking,  and  Crime  Victimization,”   House  Judiciary  Committee,  July  28,  2010     - EPIC  –  “Planning  for  the  Future  of  Cyber  Attack  Attribution,”  House   Science  Committee,  July  15,  2010     - EPIC  –  “Smart  Grid  Architecture  and  Standards:  Assessing  Coordination   and  Progress,”  House  Science  Committee,  July  10,  2010     - EPIC  –  “An  Examination  of  Children’s  Privacy:  New  Technologies  and   the  Children’s  Online  Privacy  Protection  Act  (COPPA),”  Senate   Commerce  Committee,  April  29,  2010         - EPIC  –  “The  Data  Accountability  and  Trust  Act  and  H.R.  1319,  the   Informed  P2P  User  Act,”  House  Commerce  Committee,  May  5,  2009       • Funding from the Google Buzz cy pres Fund will help EPIC continue to represent Internet users’ interests before Congress.   The  EPIC  Public  Voice  Project       EPIC  has  represented  Internet  users’  privacy  interests  at  international   meetings  since  1996.  EPIC  is  the  most  widely  recognized  US-­‐based  privacy   organization  in  the  world.  EPIC  has  appeared  at  numerous  conferences  and   hearings  organized  by  national  governments  and  international  organizations   to  protect  Internet  users’  privacy  rights.  For  more  than  15  years,  EPIC  has   organized  the  annual  civil  society  meeting  held  in  conjunction  with  the  annual   meeting  of  the  International  Privacy  Protection  and  Data  Protection   Commissioners.  EPIC  also  participates  in  OECD  meetings  to  advance  Internet   users’  privacy  interests.  Moreover,  the  EPIC  Public  Voice  Project,  which  seeks   to  promote  civil  society  participation  in  decisions  concerning  the  future  of  the   Internet,  organizes  conference  and  provides  funding  and  support  to  other  civil   society  organizations.     4   • Funding from the Google Buzz cy pres Fund will help EPIC continue to represent Internet users’ interests at international organizations and to enable the participation of other civil society groups in these meetings.   The  EPIC  Open  Government  Project       Since  its  founding  in  1994,  EPIC  has  protected  Internet  users’  privacy   through  the  highly  regarded  EPIC  Open  Government  Project.  EPIC  publishes   the  leading  FOIA  guide,  Litigation  Under  the  Federal  Open  Government  Laws.   EPIC  FOIA  Requests  routinely  uncover  surveillance  proposals  that  implicate   Internet  users’  privacy  rights.  Here  are  a  few  recent  examples:     - FBI  abuses  under  the  Patriot  Act     - The  National  Security  Agency’s  efforts  to  extend  control  over  critical   Internet  infrastructure     - The  Department  of  Justice’s  efforts  to  expand  data  retention   obligations     - The  General  Services  Administration’s  deal  to  exempt  social   networking  web  sites  from  federal  privacy  rules     • Funding from the Google Buzz cy pres Fund will help EPIC continue to pursue important FOIA litigation and to safeguard Internet users’ privacy rights. The EPIC Amicus Curiae Project EPIC  protects  Internet  users’  privacy  through  an  expert  “friend  of  the   court”  program  that  identifies  emerging  privacy  and  civil  liberties  issues.  EPIC   regularly  files  amicus  curiae  briefs  in  support  of  consumer  privacy  protections.   Over  17  years,  EPIC  has  filed  more  than  40  amicus  briefs  in  appellate  courts,   including  more  than  15  briefs  in  the  US  Supreme  Court.    EPIC’s  amicus  work   has  supported  laws  ranging  from  restrictions  on  the  sale  of  prescription  drug   data  to  statutes  that  restrict  the  disclosure  of  sensitive  information  by  financial   institutions.    Through  its  amicus  project,  EPIC  works  with  experts  to  file  factual   briefs  that  support  consumer  privacy  policies.    Recent  examples  include:     - EPIC  Amicus  Briefs,  US  Supreme  Court  2010  Term:  NASA  v.  Nelson,  FCC   v.  AT&T,  Tolentino  v.  New  York,  Sorrell  v.  IMS  Health.     - EPIC’s  amicus  brief  was  recently  cited  in  Sorrell  v.  IMS  Health  by  Judge   Livingston  in  support  of  a  Vermont  law  that  safeguards  the  medical   privacy  interests  of  Vermont  consumers.     5 •   Funding  from  the  Google  Buzz  cy  pres  Fund  will  enable  EPIC  to  continue   to  file  amicus  briefs  in  support  of  consumer  privacy.   EPIC’s  Public  Education  Programs  –  Web  Presence,  Newsletter,  and   Publications       EPIC  established  EPIC.ORG,  the  first  website  devoted  to  privacy  issues,   in  1994.  Since  that  time,  EPIC  has  provided  critical  resources  that  educate  the   public  about  emerging  threats  to  consumer  privacy.  EPIC  publishes  websites,   books,  and  a  bi-­‐weekly  electronic  newsletter  concerning  consumer  privacy.       - EPIC  maintains  EPIC.ORG  and  PRIVACY.ORG  –  two  of  the  most  popular   privacy  websites  in  the  world.  EPIC’s  sites  educate  consumers  about   privacy  threats.  EPIC  posts  analyses  of  breaking  privacy  news  and  links   to  tools  that  help  consumers  safeguard  their  personal  data.  EPIC  further   educates  Internet  users  through  social  media  services,  including   Twitter  and  Facebook.     - EPIC  publishes  the  Privacy  Law  Sourcebook,  a  comprehensive  resource   detailing  laws  that  establish  privacy  safeguards  and  provide  consumers   with  recourse  when  their  privacy  rights  are  violated.  EPIC  also   publishes  Privacy  and  Human  Rights,  the  authoritative  resource  for   privacy  laws  and  developments  around  the  world.     - EPIC  publishes  the  EPIC  Alert,  a  bi-­‐weekly  electronic  newsletter  that   reaches  approximately  20,000  subscribers.  EPIC  has  published  the  Alert   since  1994  –  it  is  the  longest-­‐running  newsletter  concerning  electronic   privacy.  The  EPIC  Alert  is  a  crucial  resource  for  consumers,   policymakers,  researchers,  and  the  media.     • Funding from the Google Buzz cy pres Fund will continue to support EPIC’s broad-based public education programs.   The  EPIC  Privacy  Coalition       EPIC  protects  Internet  users’  privacy  interests  through  important   coalition  efforts.  EPIC  established  the  Privacy  Coalition  in  2001  to  support  the   work  of  other  privacy  and  consumer  organizations  and  to  encourage  a   dialogue  between  the  privacy  community  and  decision  makers  in  Washington,   DC  and  around  the  world.     • Funding from the Google Buzz cy pres Fund will support the Privacy Coalition.   The  EPIC  Project  On  Government  Accountability  (POGA)     6   Following EPIC’s successful FOIA efforts to challenge the TSA’s airport body scanner program, EPIC has launched a new program to utilize the Administrative Procedure Act to ensure the accountability of federal agencies. EPIC will combine its FOIA expertise with its growing APA expertise to pursue more privacy issues on behalf of Internet users in court.   • Funding from the Google Buzz cy pres Fund will help EPIC launch the EPIC Project on Government Accountability.   IPIOP:  Training  the  Next  Generation  of  Privacy  Advocates  and  Scholars     Since 2001, EPIC has provided formal training for law school students interested in Internet public interest work and privacy protection. Each summer, several hundred applicants apply for the 10-week long clinic-style Internet Public Interest Opportunities Program (IPIOP). Over the past decade, EPIC has trained more than 120 law school students, many of whom have gone on to work in consumer organizations, at research institutions and universities, and in federal and state government.   • Funding from the Google Buzz cy pres Fund will help EPIC continue to train the next generation of privacy advocates and scholars.   Summary     EPIC  occupies  a  unique  role  in  the  privacy  world.  EPIC  is  the  leading   organization  dedicated  to  Internet  privacy.  In  fact,  EPIC  was  founded  in  the   campaign  to  make  encryption,  the  critical  technology  for  Internet  privacy  and   security,  widely  available  to  Internet  users.  In  other  cy  pres  proceedings,  federal   judges  have  explicitly  set  aside  the  bulk  of  the  cy  pres  funds  to  support  EPIC’s  work.   See,  e.g.,  Mirfasihi  v.  Fleet  Mortgage,  No.  01  C  722    (N.D.  Ill.  July  17,  2007)  at  2.   Moreover,  EPIC  urges  courts  to  ensure  that  cy  pres  awards  in  Internet  privacy   lawsuits  genuinely  benefit  class  members.  See,  e.g.,  EPIC’s  January  2010  letter  to   Judge  Richard  Seeborg  in  Lane  v.  Facebook,  No.  08-­‐03845  (N.D.  Cal.  Aug.  12,  2008).     EPIC  pursues  a  well-­‐established,  broad-­‐based,  widely  regarded,  and  effective   program  that  protects  privacy,  educates  Internet  users,  and  directly  advances  the   interests  of  class  members.  In  fact,  EPIC  pursued  the  same  issues  on  behalf  of   consumers  before  the  Federal  Trade  Commission  that  gave  rise  to  this  settlement.   EPIC  therefore  requests  a  substantial  part  of  the  cy  pres  award  in  support  of  the   activities  outlined  above.     Testimonials       7 EPIC  has  been  widely  cited  by  experts  and  the  national  media  for  its   leadership  role  in  the  privacy  field:     “EPIC  is  on  the  front  lines  of  the  most  important  civil  liberties  issues  of  our   age.”   –  Bruce  Schneier,  security  expert     “EPIC  is  one  of  the  most  important  civil  liberties  groups  in  the  country.”     –  Prof.  Anita  Allen,  legal  scholar     “EPIC  does  wonderful  work.  I  admire  their  efforts  to  protect  the  privacy  of   Americans.”  –  James  Bamford,  author     “The  EPIC  FOIA  litigation  manual  will  help  ensure  that  those  who  are   pursuing  open  government  requests  understand  their  rights,  and  the  best   strategies  to  pursue  their  requests.”  –  Senator  Patrick  Leahy,  co-­‐sponsor  of   the  OPEN  Government  Act  of  2007     “The  EPIC  ‘Privacy  Law  Sourcebook’  is  the  Physician’s  Desk  Reference  of  the   Privacy  World.”  –  Evan  Hendricks,  Privacy  Times     “EPIC  is  a  powerful  voice  in  Washington.  I  am  constantly  amazed  by  how   much  this  dedicated  group  accomplishes.”  –  Hon.  John  Anderson,  former   Presidential  candidate     “EPIC  has  set  the  benchmark  for  relentless  and  principled  advocacy  on  the   main  issues  of  public  concern  about  the  Internet  and  computerization.”  –  The   Los  Angeles  Times     “Anyone  concerned  about  the  civil  rights  implications  of  the  Clipper  chip,  the   Digital  Telephony  proposal,  national  ID  cards,  medical  record  privacy,  credit   records  and  the  sale  of  consumer  data  will  find  this  Washington  public   interest  research  center  invaluable.”  –  The  Atlanta  Journal  and  Constitution       “EPIC’s  Freedom  of  Information  Act  work  attracts  widespread  praise.”  –   Legal  Times     “EPIC  is  a  public  interest  research  center  based  in  Washington.  It  offers  a   great  collection  of  online  resources  about  privacy  and  also  provides   information  on  how  you  can  act  politically  to  motivate  your  government   representatives  to  protect  your  privacy.”  –  Christian  Science  Monitor     “I  would  highly  recommend  your  program  to  law  students  looking  to  work   for  a  leading  public  interest  group  in  D.C.  I  would  recommend  the  cutting   edge  research  on  privacy  law  as  well  as  the  high  level  of  clerk  involvement  on   each  project.”  .  .  .  “I  found  the  process  of  researching  and  commenting  on  a     8 proposed  rulemaking  to  be  very  interesting  and  a  great  learning  experience.”   .  .  .  “I  also  liked  the  variety  of  projects  and  the  fact  that  they  were  focused  on  a   mission,  which  gave  me  the  feeling  that  I  was  actually  participating  in   something  that  mattered.”  –  Former  EPIC  Clerks     9

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